Borough Road Entrance: dating back to the origins of London South Bank University over 100 years ago, the Borough Road building gives access to the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, and the Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment. It also houses the refectory and the Edric Hall performing arts centre.
Borough Road Gallery: London South Bank University was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a programme of work exploring ‘A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection’, which enabled LSBU to build a new gallery dedicated to exhibiting work from the collection, and to carry out a related programme of exhibitions, events and education activities. The Borough Road Gallery has been built in the same building in which Bomberg’s legendary classes took place.
David Bomberg is considered one of the most significant British artists of the twentieth century. He taught at London South Bank University (formerly Borough Polytechnic) after the Second World War, where his students included Dennis Creffield, Cliff Holden, Dorothy Mead, Edna Mann and Miles Richmond. These artists were among the members of the Borough Group, which exhibited together from 1946-1951.
As LSBU's framework architect much of our work with the University over the last six years has been concerned with the incremental transformation and improvement of the estate, to make it more efficient, better utlilised, more conducive to study and research, and more welcoming and attractive. These two projects seek to revive the original qualities of existing buildings on the estate using fairly modest means, while transforming them into welcoming spaces for visitors, worthy of the reputation of the University, and creating a valuable display space for an important local cultural heritage, delivered to tight budget and time constraints.